Dec 8, 2012
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.
David L. Balch and Jason T. Lamoreaux, eds.
Finding A Woman's Place: Essays in Honor of Carolyn Osiek
Reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins
The Theology of the Book of Amos
Reviewed by Tyler Mayfield
Reviewed by Heinz-Dieter Neef
Jeroboam's Royal Drama
Reviewed by Matthew Suriano
Michael D. Coogan and Mark S. Smith, eds.
Stories from Ancient Canaan: Second Edition
Reviewed by Henk Potgieter
Philippians: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition
Reviewed by Matt O'Reilly
Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Eric Zenger
Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150
Reviewed by Thomas Kraus
Alice L. Laffey
First and Second Kings
Reviewed by Ginny Brewer-Boydston
Thomas C. Oden
The African Memory of Mark: Reassessing Early Church Tradition
Reviewed by J. Christopher Edwards
Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays, eds.
Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright
Reviewed by James P. Sweeney
Dec 7, 2012
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series now has its website here. I have not found this series to be particularly helpful but some might. Here are links to sample pdfs of some of the volumes.
Ezra & Nehemiah
Proverbs & Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
The Pastoral Epistles with Philemon & Jude
1 & 2 Peter
Dec 6, 2012
The latest edition of Themelios, a 185 page PDF, is now available as as a free download here. Individual articles and features with links are as follows:
1. Andreas J. Köstenberger: The Present and Future of Biblical Theology
2. Rob Smith: Music, Singing, and Emotions: Exploring the Connections
3. Peter R. Schemm Jr. : The Writing Pastor: An Essay on Spiritual Formation
This issue also contains an editorial by D. A. Carson and some book reviews worth checking out.
Dec 5, 2012
Dec 4, 2012
The Westminster Bookstore has number of books on sale until December 11. Here are a few that I have selected.
A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones and Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson (2 Book Set) @ $45.00 - 53% Off
Inerrancy and the Gospels: A God-Centered Approach to the Challenges of Harmonization by Vern Poythress @ $9.00 - 50% off.
New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction by Donald Hagner @ $29.99 - 40% off. This is still not as good as the offer here but it is as good as was offered at ETS and SBL.
Dec 3, 2012
Mark Twain once intoned that “the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Bible teachers and preachers also know the importance and power of words. Indeed it is our stock-in-trade. But for some it is easier to turn a phrase in a sermon than it is to produce a timely word in a more personal setting. For those who struggle to find the perfect word on such occasions, Liz Duckworth has provided some help. Her brief, easy-to-read book APerfect Word for Every Occasion supplies practical suggestions for finding just the right word for most commonly occurring occasions. The occasions addressed in this work include grief, gratitude, sickness, suffering, birthdays, weddings, engagements, encouragements related to personal setbacks, celebrations, events, activities, words of truth and love (i.e., apologies, confrontations, etc.), and even a section devoted to using the right words in cyberspace. Each section typically includes guidelines for finding the right words, prompts to help you begin, words to make your own, a guide of what not to say, and quotes worth sharing. In general the author does a good job helping one find “apples of silver” (Prov 25:11). Not all the suggestions here are original, but even the familiar expressions seem to be appropriately chosen. At the end of the day, one has to own their own words for them to be authentic, but the author has given tangible assistance to those who are looking for the perfect word, or at least a better word, for those day-to-day opportunities to minister through one’s words.
A free review copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Publishers.
Dec 2, 2012
See this article concerning a recent survey of 316 religious courses from 12 universities across the country and the general absence of courses on the life and teachings of Christ. Here is the original article on which the above article was based.
The free Logos "book" for the month of December is Charles Ryrie's Dr. Ryrie's Articles. I am not sure this really qualifies as a book since it appears to be a hodgepodge collection of 28 articles but it is free. You can read more about it here. You can also register to win Charles Ryrie's Legacy Collection.